3 Bed Country Home
Offers Over £550,000
Romantically set against a rolling backdrop of stunning Border countryside, this remarkable home stands proudly in a generous 2.5 acres of mature grounds, expertly cultivated by the current owners, and providing a unique opportunity to continue this already impressive rebuild and restoration journey.
From the ruins, Salenside Tower is now a tranquil haven which pays a respectful homage to the original 15th century Pele tower and cottages which once stood. Even more remarkably, it is a home that works for modern life; with space for family, study, work and hosting friends and guests, the tower transcends time as it caters for modern life as ably as it graces the history and beauty of the area surrounding it. Salenside will undoubtedly suit those purchasers who are ready to encompass the lifestyle of a home in the country, with a passion and drive to take this incredible project on to its next chapter.
In a gently elevated position offering far reaching outlooks, screened for privacy with sheltering woodland and mature greenery, Salenside Tower sits just a 5 minute drive from the picturesque village of Ashkirk; with excellent access to the A7 connecting this rural spot to further Border towns and Edinburgh with ease. The train station at Tweedbank has free parking and is 25 minutes away. The train station at Galashiels connects directly with the bus station.
With a generous drive and parking, a charming cobbled courtyard frames the property with splashes of colour from planters and pots, as paving winds down the extensive garden. The main entrance opens to a wonderful reception room, which sits in the footprint of the former cottages. Spacious and bright with a triple aspect, the character of the property begins to come to life; with solid wood flooring and stone built fireplace with stove, this multifunctional space has a wonderful acoustic and is ideal for lounge and dining and great for hosting family and friends.
A rear hall then connects to the ground floor accommodation and the spiral stair ascending the tower; with doors opening off to a cloakroom, library or third bedroom which enjoys a wonderful garden aspect with direct access from French doors, with a cozy dining area sitting under the skylights and leading on to the kitchen. Fitted in a country farmhouse style, the kitchen is well proportioned and offers fine outlooks across the gardens, with an excellent selection of storage and charming features including exposed timber beams and AGA, there is space for casual family dining and a useful adjoining porch sunroom opens off.
The tower itself elevates to a panorama of different viewpoints over the grounds and countryside beyond, and hosts two fantastic bedrooms; each generously appointed with the master including a wonderful Juliette balcony overlooking the scenic landscape, with a shower room also positioned on this level.
In addition to the main accommodation, a self-contained annex makes an excellent auxiliary space for hosting visitors or indeed for work or study. Sitting off the main drive, the studio opens from an external stair above a single garage and workshop, and offers the same restorative outlooks and tranquil setting, on a more bijou scale; with open plan kitchen and living space, separate shower room and a charming balcony that is large enough for entertaining. As with other parts of the property the present owners have considered extensions but not applied for planning.
The garden itself has been cultivated and lovingly landscaped over the years, and now in its maturity, is settled in with all year colour, deciduous trees and planting including a plantation of approximately 40 oaks planted 5 years ago, and a natural propagation of wildflowers. From a stretch of patio for dining get-togethers, to quiet contemplation seating spots under the trees, the al fresco areas are created in the best bielded and most southerly-facing spots, with a pond attracting wild species and flowers sitting to the far end, along with a planted woodland - so much of the laborious work has been undertaken and mastered - and there are so many further opportunities to explore and continue this 15th century legacy project.
The village of Ashkirk is a natural choice for those in search of a lifestyle choice which combines the best of open countryside and village life - while still benefitting excellent connections to nearby amenities and transport links.
The village is located just off the A7; making it well situated with easy access to the main Borders towns and only a few minutes’ drive from nearby towns Selkirk and Galashiels, with the Borders rail connection to Edinburgh providing easy access to Edinburgh. Close to hand are The Woll Golf Course and Restaurant as well as The Smiddy restaurant, with nearby golf driving range, riding stables, village hall and small country Church.
Ashkirk falls into the catchment area for the very highly regarded Primary School at Lilliesleaf and High School in Selkirk. A school bus service operates from the village with the main stop nearby. The area is also well known for its wide variety of countryside walks, cycling, superb fishing and its excellent horse riding country surrounded by rolling hills close to the largely undiscovered Ettrick and Yarrow valleys providing some of the most glorious scenery in the Borders.
Please follow these directions - not Sat Nav.
Come down the A7, go through Galashiels and through Selkirk following signs for Hawick. 6 miles south of Selkirk turn right into Ashkirk and follow signs for golf course. (Don’t turn right at the pub to go up the hill!)
About a half mile from the A7 you’ll pass the golf course on the right hand side; the road twists around until you pass the club house on the right. You then go over a hump back bridge and the next left (about 400 meters further) turn left. Go over another bridge and up the single track, past the first house, (a new build on the right, a stone shed on the left) keep following the track around the beech tree, go up the hill and Salenside Tower is the next house.
Porch, Farmhouse Kitchen, Dining Hall, Library or Bedroom Three, Cloakroom W/C, In-Built Storage and Living Room. Two Kingsize Bedrooms and the Family Shower Room.
Annex Comprises Single Garage, Workshop/Storage, Studio Apartment Above with Kitchen & Shower Room.
The fitted carpets, curtain rails and fixed appliances including the AGA are included in the sale.
Mains Electric. Private drainage. The property is mains water supply, via a private branch pipe. Oil Fired Central Heating, Supplementary Open Fire/ Stove.
Recently Fully Double Glazed. Optic Fibre high speed broadband in both houses.
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